Volume 3.32 (August 4-10)

1001 Blistering Future Summers (Climate Central)


Has the ‘Libertarian Moment’ Finally Arrived? (Robert Draper, NYT)

Revenge of the conservative nerds (Ezra Klein, Vox)– “Its argument isn’t the classically conservative argument that the left is full of nerds and their ambitious, arrogant designs should be mistrusted; it’s that the left is full of faux-nerds who lack scientific training but nevertheless wear glasses — and their ambitious, arrogant designs should be mistrusted. Or, to put it more simply, the problem isn’t nerds so much as liberal poseurs.”

Why Tea Party Members of Congress Act So Darn Crazy— And Liberal Democrats Don’t (Paul Waldman, American Prospect)


What Would Krishna Do? Or Shiva? Or Vishnu? (Gary Gutting, NYT)– Interview with Jonardon Ganeri


If We Want Feminism to Have Real Impact, Then Let’s Stop Teaching So Much Theory (Elizabeth Segran, New Republic)

Men Have Every Right to Complain About Parenting (Rebecca Traister, New Republic) (NOTE: I don’t feel like this title gives a good sense of what this article is really about)– “But what of the two-parent, hetero unions in which men are full-fledged, equally-stressed-out participants? They exist! The fact that we don’t hear very much about themall while hearing lots of valuable stuff from the women who are bearing the brunt of the pressuresmeans that in some way we are reinforcing this unequal set up as a norm, re-affirming an expectation that women, even those who enter socially and professionally equal partnerships, are somehow destined to wind up uniquely over-taxed, fighting the demons of guilt and overwork fundamentally on their own.”

What’s love got to do with it? (Amanda Bennett, WaPo)– “Why does this upset me so? Well, you see, I got married two years ago, a few days shy of my 60th birthday. My friends (and new husband) tell me I still look super awesome, and I can still do a pretty good downward dog. But the inescapable fact is that — under normal circumstances (more about that later) — I am way past reproductive age. I have the hot flashes to prove it. If, as Niemeyer says, the whole point of marriage is not the mere parenting of kids but actual biological reproduction, it is clear to me that he believes that my marriage is invalid. To opponents of gay marriage, marriage is all about breeding. Since my breeding days are over, it looks like, marriage-wise, I should be, too.”

Justices’ Rulings Advance Gays; Women Less So (Adam Liptak, NYT)


Liberals Are Killing Art (Jed Perl, New Republic)– “The erosion of art’s imaginative ground, often blamed on demagogues of the left and the right, is taking place in the very heart of the liberal, educated, cultivated audiencethe audience that arts professionals always imagined they could count on. The whole question is so painful and so difficult that I have frankly hesitated to tackle it. It is relatively easy to point to the deformations of art at the hands of politically correct left-wingers and cheap-shot moralists on the right, as the late Robert Hughes did in the fast-paced, witty series of lectures that he published as Culture of Complaint in 1993. It is far more difficult to explain why people who pride themselves on their carefully reasoned view of the world want to argue that art is not a value in and of itself, but rather a vehicle or a medium or a vessel through which some other human value or values are expressed. That these thoughts are often voiced indirectly makes them no less significant. Indeed, such thoughts may be all the more significant because they are being expressed by critics and scholars who would deny that they are in any way discomfited by the unique powers of the arts. An illiberal view of art is gaining ground, even among the liberal audience. This is one of the essential if largely hidden factors that is undermining faith in our museums, our libraries, our publishing houses, our concert halls, symphony orchestras, and theater and dance troupes.”

The case against time zones: They’re impractical and outdated (Matthew Yglesias, Vox)

This is what it’s like to have HIV in 2014 (German Lopez, Vox)– “There was a consistent theme in these interviews. After people were diagnosed, they quickly learned that proper medication can make the disease less deadly and more difficult to transmit. Indeed, HIV isn’t the death sentence it was in the 1980s and early 1990s. The age-adjusted death rate among people diagnosed with HIV and AIDS dropped by 93 percent between 1987 and 2010, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. A large part of that, the CDC explains, is attributable to the development of highly effective antiretroviral medication.  The big problem for these HIV-positive people instead came through the stigma attached to the disease. Three decades after the rise of HIV terrorized the world, many misunderstandings attached to the disease remain — from misconceptions about whom it affects to confusion about how it’s actually transmitted.”

Foreign Affairs

Gaza: Is Israel Fighting a Just War? (Jeff McMahan, The Prospect)– Highly philosophical and technical take on the subject.

Did Israel violate international law in Gaza? (Amanda Taub, Vox)


Telling white people the criminal justice system is racist makes them like it more (Dara Lind, Vox)


A comprehensive investigation of voter impersonation finds 31 credible incidents out of one billion votes cast (Justin Levett, Wonkblog)

Voter Discrimination Just Got Easier (Stephen Wright, NYRB)


A New Report Argues Inequality is Causing Slower Growth.  Here’s Why It Matters. (Neil Irwin, The Upshot)

Corporate America Hasn’t Been Disrupted (Ben Casselman, FiveThirtyEight)

Can Family Leave Policies Be Too Generous? It Seems So (Claire Cain Miller, The Upshot)– “A well-regarded study of 22 countries by two Cornell University economists found that European countries’ family-friendly policies made it possible for more women to work — but that European women are more likely to be in part-time jobs that do not lead to positions of power. As a result, women in Europe are half as likely as men to be managers, while in the United States women are just as likely to be managers.”


In Good Conscience… (Joe Spencer, Peculiar People)– “What I can’t make sense of is what can be meant by the formula itself. If one decides that certain convictions (or the lack thereof) are sufficient motivation to walk away, I don’t see how I can object. In such a case, one has made an eminently subjective decision the validity of which has no measure apart from the subject’s passion. But the formula regarding good conscience or good faith indicates that the matter has been decided for one. The formula appeals to a set of objective criteria the validity of which is supposed to be publicly available.”


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